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Installling Eibach’s New Pro Truck Struts and Shocks on Toyota Tacoma

Taking Back Control of Our Tacoma’s Suspension

Christian HazelPhotographer, Writer

Kids say the darndest things, especially when riding in an all-original 329,800-mile 2001 Toyota Tacoma. With two completely blown factory front struts, one missing passenger-side rear shock (it’s a long story), and a barely effective driver-side parts store cheapie shock, every bump, dip, and pothole our little pickup encountered made for some spectacular entertainment and a chorus of chatter from the peanut gallery. But as fun as it may be to hear your kids scream, “Boing! Boing! Boing!” as your vehicle uncontrollably pogoes down the road, enough eventually becomes enough.

Eibach has been in the suspension game for a long time, so when it announced a new line of Pro Truck and Pro-Truck Sport shocks and struts for pickups and SUVs, we knew they held the answer for our eardrums. Pro Truck shocks feature vehicle-specific valving for a great ride and handling, a monotube body for increased heat dissipation, a big 46mm-piston, nitro-coated rods, and heavy-duty powdercoating. Plus, the ends feature factory-type rubber bushings, which we always prefer.

Up one level from Pro Truck is Pro-Truck Sport, which upgrades the monotube body to a very nice zinc coating for the shocks and struts. The valving is a bit more oriented to off-road performance, too. Pro-Truck Sport leveling struts allow several adjustment notches in the strut body to lift and level the front of the vehicle up to 2 1/2 inches, based on the application.

For our little workhorse Tacoma, we figured that the Pro Truck shocks and struts would be just fine. We soaked the East Coast hardware down with penetrating oil for a week, grabbed our (now-discontinued) Harbor Freight Tools coil spring compressors, and tackled the installation in our driveway. Given the fact that our baseline was just about as bad as bad gets, the Pro Truck shocks and struts made a night-and-day difference not only in the ride but also in the control of our Tacoma. No more chattering sideways down the road after a big bump. No more proposing of the front end after a dip. Best of all, the ride is still nice and soft, just the way we like it.

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